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More than 8 million people were employed worldwide in the renewable energy sector last year as rapidly falling costs drove growth in the industryA boom in solar and wind power jobs in the US led the way to a global increase in renewable energy employment to more than 8 million people in 2015, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena)
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2016-05-25 08:00:41
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland has adopted a new law banning construction of wind farms close to dwellings and hiking project costs in a move which the industry says could hobble Poland's move to renewables and away from coal.
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2016-05-23 05:13:48
Thursday, May 12th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Developers of an offshore windfarm planned in the Forth estuary have taken legal action after vital subsidies were withdrawnThe future of one of the UK’s biggest proposed offshore windfarms has been thrown into doubt by a row over the government support it should receive.The Neart na Gaoithe windfarm, based in Scotland’s outer Forth estuary, would have a capacity of about 450MW of power and was originally planned to cost £1
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2016-05-12 11:13:59
Monday, May 9th, 2016      Leave a Comment
The tough, innovative and resilient UK solar industry can outlast this government’s energy policiesKing Canute is alive and well in Britain.
While solar energy has become a global success story over the past few years, with tumbling costs and exploding deployment, Britain, which was keen on the technology, has slammed on the brakes, casting a shadow over a sector which employed more than 30,000 people but is now shedding jobs by the thousand
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2016-05-09 07:02:11
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Deputy leader Adam Bandt says program – estimated to cost $2.9bn – could be funded by scrapping concessions to fossil fuel-intensive industriesThe Greens want millions of households to install renewable energy storage units, saying battery storage could “revolutionise” Australia’s energy system
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2016-05-04 15:04:49
Friday, April 29th, 2016      Leave a Comment
BERLIN (Reuters) - A report on allotting the costs of atomic waste storage by a commission overseeing Germany's nuclear exit lays the foundations for a sustainable solution, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday.
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2016-04-29 06:59:29
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Opposition maintains ambitious targets but aims to minimise cost to households and defers details until after electionLabor is proposing two emissions trading schemes – one for big industrial polluters and an electricity industry model similar to one once backed by Malcolm Turnbull – in a climate policy that trumps the Coalition’s ambition but minimises the hit on household power bills and leaves important detail to be determined post-election
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2016-04-26 14:00:30
Monday, April 25th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Climate Home: Sir David King favours technology development over emissions trading as a way to shift emerging economies off coalCarbon pricing is “too sluggish a weapon” against climate change, top UK envoy Sir David King said on Monday.Speaking at a sustainability event in London, Sir David argued innovation to bring down the cost of clean technology would bring swifter results
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2016-04-25 10:21:09
Monday, April 18th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Exclusive: Estimated cost of moving all electricity, industry and transport onto renewables by 2050 would be $800bn, a saving of $90bn Transitioning Australia to 100% renewable energy by 2050 would cost less than continuing on the current path, according to a new report. Related: Australia's defence force could run on sugar cane and tyres under biofuel plan Related: Have we reached the tipping point for investing in renewable energy? Related: Australia's 'future' fund should not consider financing the energy projects of the past | Stephen Bygraves Continue reading
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2016-04-18 16:09:50
Thursday, April 14th, 2016      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - Investors are still slow to act on climate change, despite being more aware of risks to their portfolios, as they focus more on the short term and are unclear about the costs, senior executives told Reuters.
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2016-04-14 10:24:47
Thursday, April 14th, 2016      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - A British government scheme costing energy firms 3 billion pounds to help people cut their bills and greenhouse gas emissions through measures such as subsidized loft insulation has not been value for money, a parliament watchdog said.
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2016-04-14 06:19:08
Wednesday, April 13th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Only 1% of households took out loans under now abandoned scheme, which auditors say failed to deliver ‘meaningful benefit’An abandoned government programme to insulate UK homes cost taxpayers nearly £400m and did not deliver energy or carbon savings, a report by official auditors has found.The green deal scheme was launched in January 2013 with the intention of handing out loans to improve domestic energy efficiency
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2016-04-13 18:01:01
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Solar and wind would generate the equivalent power to Hinkley over the plant’s planned lifetime for £40bn less, says analysis comparing future costsScrapping plans for new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in Somerset and building huge amounts of renewable power instead would save the UK tens of billions of pounds, according to an analysis that compares likely future costs
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2016-04-05 00:01:27
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016      Leave a Comment
KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - A commission tasked with safeguarding funds for the shutdown of Germany's nuclear plants will present proposals at the end of April, the country's environment minister said on Tuesday.
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2016-03-15 04:48:14
Monday, March 14th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Analysis by Green Alliance finds subsidies for fossil fuel generation more costly than simplified system favouring renewablesBuilding more renewable energy capacity with public money would cost less than the current subsidy regime in the UK, a new analysis has found, despite government claims that subsidies are too expensive
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2016-03-14 01:30:09